Srinagar: A powerful earthquake measuring 6.2 magnitude on the Richter scale rocked Kashmir on Wednesday. However no loss was reported in any part of the state, according to the government.
An official said a moderate intensity earthquake occurred around 12.36 pm with the epicentre in the Hindukush region of Afghanistan. The epicentre was located 265 kilometres northeast of Afghan capital Kabul and 120 kilometres west of Pakistan’s Chitral in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. The quake struck at a depth of 191 kilometres.
In the Valley, people rushed out of their homes and workplaces as the tremor was felt. Traffic came to a halt at several places, creating panic among the people. A construction crane at the Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover collapsed due to the tremor under the weight of a girder it was lifting.
An official handout said the Minister for Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, Javaid Mustafa Mir, held a teleconference with Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmed Khan, Divisional Commissioner Jammu Hemant Kumar and Director Disaster Management J&K Aamir Ali to take stock of the situation immediately after the tremor.
There were no reports of any injuries or deaths in the state, the handout said.Jammu and Kashmir falls in seismic Zones IV and V and is vulnerable to earthquakes, because of which some people floated rumours that there may be another earthquake like the one in 2o14, causing panic in some places. The minister denied the false rumours and appealed to the public to recall that earthquakes cannot be predicted, said the handout.